Hypnotherapy for IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Doctors have not yet been able to determine the exact cause of IBS, but it is thought that changes in diet and intense emotional states (like stress, anxiety, panic attacks, etc.) often exacerbate the symptoms of the disorder.
Many IBS sufferers have also been found to have experienced a traumatic event (usually during their childhood) such as neglect, abuse, loss of a loved one or a serious childhood illness. One theory is that these difficult past experiences may make them more sensitive to stress, pain and discomfort.
Causes and Symptoms of IBS can be helped using Hypnotherapy?
Symptoms also vary greatly between individuals. Some people experience constipation, while others have diarrhoea, and some may suffer from both. Other symptoms include bloating, indigestion, nausea, heartburn and muscle pains, all of which can be very unpleasant and difficult to live with.
Hypnotherapy for IBS works to remove the underlying causes of stress and anxiety that create the negative emotional states, which trigger the condition in the first place. Sessions also serve to alleviate or even entirely get rid of symptoms by reducing the tension, which surrounds IBS and life’s other issues.
IBS symptoms range from being an occasional nuisance to causing serious harm to the sufferer’s quality of life, even to the point where they become terrified of eating in public or going to unfamiliar places for fear that IBS might strike. This can lead on to further negative and restricting opinions and attitudes towards many aspects of life. The associated stress and anxiety can snowball into negatively affecting relationships, work life, health, confidence and self-esteem, along with countless other issues. These are all areas, which can be dramatically helped using hypnotherapy.
IBS is regarded as a medical condition, so it is important to consult a medical professional first for information, advice and a proper diagnosis.
Hypnotherapists are not qualified to offer any kind of diagnosis themselves. However, IBS is generally diagnosed by elimination- tests are carried out to rule out cancer or other bowel-related conditions such as Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease which may exhibit similar symptoms. The tests can be invasive and time-consuming, but once other possibilities have been ruled out and nothing else seems to be the cause, patients are often advised that they have IBS.
Hypnotherapy is one of the most effective therapies for IBS as recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
A number of clinical studies have confirmed hypnotherapy for IBS to be an effective long-term solution and a reported 71% of people who used it experienced lasting improvements in their condition.